Sahaj Organizes Training for NLBC Technicians

(January 2019): Sahaj, in collaboration with National Livestock Breeding Center (NLBC), Pokhara, took five technicians from NLBC for a training on Buck Semen Freezing Technology of goat. The training was conducted in Nimbkar Agriculture Research Institute’s Animal Husbandry Division, in Maharastra, India from 26 -28 December 2018.

The trainees were trained on collection, evaluation and freezing of buck semen. They were also trained on preparation of diluents for cryo-preservation of buck semen. The trainees reflected the three-day training was very helpful and stated that they would implement the learnings in NLBC Pokhara and Nepalgunj.

After taking the training, NLBC will implement the learnings from the training to start producing and distributing better quality frozen semen from boer bucks. Sahaj will collaborate with livestock breeding office and local palikas to train inseminators and widely promote artificial insemination in the Province 1 districts.

Acquiring a boer goat is expensive, and the supply of boer goat is low for farmers. The cost of breeding services provided to these farms from the boer buck is therefore high. Through regular production and distribution of frozen semen and insemination of goat, farmers will have easier and affordable access to boer and cross-bred boer breeds. It is hoped that receiving breeding services at reduced prices and selling goats with higher weight will increase the profit of the farmers.

Sahaj is a joint initiative of the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland. It is mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). For the first phase from March 2016 to December 2019, Sahaj works in the goat, maize and vegetable sectors, and crop protection and post-harvest cross-sectors. It adopts an Inclusive Markets approach, commonly known as Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) or the Market System Development (MSD) approach. Sahaj is jointly implemented by Swisscontact and Center for environment and Agriculture Policy Research, Extension and development (CEAPRED).